Last December, the UK Borders Agency began a process of consultation on the issue of student immigration into Britain. The policies that have come from this consultation are likely to have far reaching effects. This means a major overhaul of the student visa system. Anjelique Stevenson-Taylor draws from her own experience, and explains why the measures being proposed are damaging both for Britain and for her fellow international students.
As you may well know, thousands of people from abroad depend upon special visas in order to live here in the UK. People from all over the world travel to the UK for everything, from business trips, for holidays, to be with their loved ones, or to further their education. In order to receive a visa, we have to go through the nightmare of gathering all relevant documents and proof that you can pay, and send these off to the nearest UK Borders Agency home offices whilst waiting with bated breath. If you manage to get through, then kudos, if not, you’ve just wasted many weeks of your life, and that’s not including the hundreds of dollars, euros, or yen to get here.